xkcds:

I’d like to find a corpus of writing from children in a non-self-selected sample (e.g. handwritten letters to the president from everyone in the same teacher’s 7th grade class every year)—and score the kids today versus the kids 20 years ago on various objective measures of writing quality. I’ve heard the idea that exposure to all this amateur peer practice is hurting us, but I’d bet on the generation that conducts the bulk of their social lives via the written word over the generation that occasionally wrote book reports and letters to grandma once a year, any day.
Writing Skills [explained]

xkcds:

I’d like to find a corpus of writing from children in a non-self-selected sample (e.g. handwritten letters to the president from everyone in the same teacher’s 7th grade class every year)—and score the kids today versus the kids 20 years ago on various objective measures of writing quality. I’ve heard the idea that exposure to all this amateur peer practice is hurting us, but I’d bet on the generation that conducts the bulk of their social lives via the written word over the generation that occasionally wrote book reports and letters to grandma once a year, any day.

Writing Skills [explained]

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little-smartass:

Whenever I watch Spock’s “live long and go fuck yourselves” scene in the first reboot movie I mourn the fact that Kirk wasn’t present because his reaction would have been gold like can we have an au where he was and is just there in the background like

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50 Book Challenge 33/50
As a kid/teenager, this was my favorite HP book. I can see why, now. I mean, the marauders have always been more interesting to me than the books seem to believe they are. What I wouldn’t give for a marauders-era book! As a kid, Sirius was my favorite. Now, I think I might like Lupin the best. And as a teacher, I definitely appreciate his style. :)
I will never be over Harry seeing himself saving him from the dementors and thinking it was his father. What a perfect metaphor for growing into your own person while still honoring your family and what the past has given you. Dumbledore kind of hammers the metaphor into the ground at the end of the book, but I get it, it’s for kids, JK didn’t want it to be a mystery, not when it’s the entire theme of the book.
This book is also the delightful beginning of Harry’s True Sass. I mean, he’s got some sarcasm in the first two books, but with teenagerdom comes great attitude, and it’s beautiful. It’s also the book where, in retrospect, I really don’t understand how people forgive Snape for everything he’s done just because he had a crush on Lily. 

50 Book Challenge 33/50

As a kid/teenager, this was my favorite HP book. I can see why, now. I mean, the marauders have always been more interesting to me than the books seem to believe they are. What I wouldn’t give for a marauders-era book! As a kid, Sirius was my favorite. Now, I think I might like Lupin the best. And as a teacher, I definitely appreciate his style. :)

I will never be over Harry seeing himself saving him from the dementors and thinking it was his father. What a perfect metaphor for growing into your own person while still honoring your family and what the past has given you. Dumbledore kind of hammers the metaphor into the ground at the end of the book, but I get it, it’s for kids, JK didn’t want it to be a mystery, not when it’s the entire theme of the book.

This book is also the delightful beginning of Harry’s True Sass. I mean, he’s got some sarcasm in the first two books, but with teenagerdom comes great attitude, and it’s beautiful. It’s also the book where, in retrospect, I really don’t understand how people forgive Snape for everything he’s done just because he had a crush on Lily. 

It’s not merely tawdry that the private sexual conversations of partners are now being disseminated like memes. Sharing these images is not the same as making a joke including characters such as Doge, Grumpy Cat and Sad Keanu. It’s an act of sexual violation, and it deserves the same social and legal punishment as meted out to stalkers and other sexual predators. Violation it is, too, because whatever the medium of communication between lovers (whether it’s a telephone call, a text message or the sexual act itself), the conversation is private and to intrude upon it is sexual involvement that has occurred without consent, and it has the same resultant harms.
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Anonymous said: Re: your "rule about naked people" -- How about people who take nude photos of themselves not be stupid and use storage devices that can be hacked, like cloud storage (or take any risks close to that)? Just HOW much personal responsibility does your generation need to shed before you get it through your thick skulls that it only costs $20 for a decent external hard drive these days? :|

fishingboatproceeds:

"The lock on your diary wasn’t very good, so it’s your fault I read your diary."

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Here’s the thing about the leaked celebrity pictures:

I am a dude who enjoys looking at naked ladies. I understand why some people are tempted. One of my first thoughts when I heard that Jennifer Lawrence was one of them was, honestly, “damn, I wonder what SHE looks like naked.” Because let’s be real, she’s a total fox.

However, I was blessed with the ability to reason and have empathy. Which means, even as someone intensely curious about those photos, my second thought was, “Damn, that sucks so bad for her. I can’t imagine how she’s feeling right now.”

If you let your curiosity get the better of you in situations like this, what you have to reconcile is this: you have perpetuated abuse. It isn’t something harmless, it isn’t ok because they’re “already out there.” You have willfully sought out abusive images because you’ve decided that your curiosity is more important than another human being’s safety.

If you don’t believe that seeking out these photos is abusive, ask yourself: why are these photos so sexy to you? Is it because it’s a beautiful naked woman? There are plenty of beautiful women who have naked pictures online with their consent. These photos are sexy to the public because they are a “sneak peek” into something you otherwise wouldn’t be able to witness. There is a reason you wouldn’t otherwise be able to see these women naked: they have not provided their consent. This is different from a woman appearing topless in a movie; in that case, she has done that with the full understanding that the general public will see it. These photos are private, and seeking them out is literally abusive.

tl;dr being curious about these photos is ok; seeking them out is not.

quantumfemme:

princessskittybot:

cishet people be like NOOO U CANT USE THAT TERM TO DESCRIBE UR SEXUALITY/GENDER ITS MADE UP WORD!!! and then turn around and make up ridiculous terms like mancrush and guyliner and man-purse in order to keep their precious hetronormitive gender roles intact

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panaran:

It’s hot

panaran:

It’s hot

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Anonymous said: how is that homophobic? i have gay friends and support them all the way, but i don't believe in gay marriage.

scienceofsarcasm:

ickletayto:

lesbianvenom:

your gay friends are all talking shit behind your back 100%

Yeah, you support them all the way.. We’ll most of the way.. We’ll some of the way.. Clearly not as far as marriage.. Cause marriage ain’t for gays.. Or something

You hear so many of these people say, “I have a lot of gay friends but don’t believe in same sex marriage”, but you never hear gay people say “I’ve lots of friends who think it should be illegal for me to marry the person I love”.

So, here’s a PSA for everyone who is against marriage equality, but thinks they have gay friends. You probably don’t. What you have are gay acquaintances who have learned to quietly put up with your bullshit because it’s the path of least resistance and they just don’t have the energy to “My Fair Lady” your ass into being a decent human being.

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thesylverlining:

if you ask me why DS9 is best Star Trek, i’ll probably say “amazing acting, writing and character development, uncommonly dark tone, station as a home/Wild West allegory instead of HERE WE GO IN A SPACESHIP TO sAVE THE DAY, tons of antagonist development AS WELL as protags, linear/continuing storyline, wonderful diverse ensemble cast and actual queer characters”

but I’ll really be thinking “Worf in the baseball game episode.”

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soyouthinkmyeyesarefine:

mooncleric:

milesmorale:

Infamous 3rd year “My father will hear about this” Draco refusing to participate in Lupin’s class on boggarts because the whole thing is ridiculous but when it’s his turn he walks up to the wardrobe and Lucius Malfoy steps out

THIS UPSETS ME

WHAT OMG